Coronavirus: Health Ministry confirms 29 COVID-19 cases, Parliament to discuss strategy

New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare via a press communication stated that as of now, 29 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been detected in the country. Of these, three patients from Kerala have recovered and have been discharged. The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan, will make a statement in both the houses of the Parliament today.

The Ministry stated that universal screening has been mandated since 4 March, and has begun at most airports from last evening. It should stabilize today with additional staff being provided by the states.

In addition to COVID 19 cases related to travel, some cases of community transmission have also been observed. District collectors and states have been asked to form rapid response teams as the district, block and village levels. The private sector shall also be engaged for COVID19 management. HFM is having a meeting with key partners in the evening today.

A total of 3,542 samples have been sent for testing, of which, 29 have been found to be positive for COVID-19 till now. Testing of 92 samples is in process and 23 samples are being reconfirmed, the Ministry informed.

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